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DjinnBabba 04-27-2013 12:51 PM

Got my 1st stone paint chip. (╬ ಠ益ಠ)
 
Freaked out a couple days ago when I got my 1st stone paint chip on the lower lip of the front bumper. Thus, getting the XPel Ultimate installed on my SRT today. Installer offered the 3M brand and XPel brand. I went with the XPel for the self-healing properties. Getting the works. The whole front bumper, the hood, mirrors, & wheel rocker panels. Hopefully all goes well.

Will post pics after. Maybe tomorrow.

jgc4ever 04-27-2013 11:08 PM

Re: Got my 1st stone paint chip. (╬ ಠ益ಠ)
 
You might want to get under the door handles. I did. Some people even get the A-pillars and the roof back to the front edge of the pano roof done.

bill_de 04-28-2013 06:34 AM

Re: Got my 1st stone paint chip. (╬ ಠ益ಠ)
 
Does putting the extra protection over the paint have any effect of the shine?

I'm just wondering as a lot of folks put great effort into getting the ultimate shine. Once this coating is on what do you polish?

DjinnBabba 04-28-2013 10:00 AM

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Originally Posted by jgc4ever (Post 812955)
You might want to get under the door handles. I did. Some people even get the A-pillars and the roof back to the front edge of the pano roof done.


Good point. On my last car, the door cups got scratched up pretty quick and that was a silver car.

jgc4ever 04-28-2013 10:33 AM

Re: Got my 1st stone paint chip. (╬ ಠ益ಠ)
 
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Originally Posted by bill_de (Post 813039)
Does putting the extra protection over the paint have any effect of the shine?

I'm just wondering as a lot of folks put great effort into getting the ultimate shine. Once this coating is on what do you polish?

I don't think it affects the shine, but if you look close it looks like orange peel.

DjinnBabba 04-28-2013 03:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bill_de (Post 813039)
Does putting the extra protection over the paint have any effect of the shine?

I'm just wondering as a lot of folks put great effort into getting the ultimate shine. Once this coating is on what do you polish?


Just got it back from installer. Looks like glass. That's why I went with XPel. I heard the 3M stuff can yellow and have that orange peel look.

With XPel, you can use any kind of standard wax and/or polish. It is considered the easiest material to maintain.

DjinnBabba 05-04-2013 07:14 PM

Got a front bumper scratch from a stone while driving on I-95. Used some hot water and the scratch disappeared. The XPel Ultimate lived up to its claim of healing.

Anonymoustache 05-10-2013 02:33 PM

Re: Got my 1st stone paint chip. (╬ ಠ益ಠ)
 
Could you explain how your dealer installed the xpel? Is it a kit?

My place says that they can't do the 2014 yet. Should they just put it on from a sheet?

DjinnBabba 05-10-2013 04:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Anonymoustache (Post 820972)
Could you explain how your dealer installed the xpel? Is it a kit?

My place says that they can't do the 2014 yet. Should they just put it on from a sheet?


My installer did a custom job using a CAD cutter. Individual pieces were custom cut for the front bumper, front/rear rocker panels, a-pillars, mirrors, hood, lower side sills, rear bumper corners, and door cups.

The installer I used said he does sometimes use kits, but prefers custom cuts because its easier to work with. He can get rid of excess film that way.

If your place only uses kits, they could easily do the mirrors, hood, rocker panels, and maybe even the lower portion of the bumper. They should be able to use the 2013 schematics/kit.

papote 05-10-2013 05:02 PM

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Originally Posted by DjinnBabba (Post 821027)
My installer did a custom job using a CAD cutter..

You said you got the works done. What was the cost? If you don't mind sharing. Also how long did it taken to get done?

Just ordered my overland and I will have to drive back for 10 hrs once is build and ready for pickup. Wondering if investing in the xpel thing or just buy a bra.

Thanks in advance.

DjinnBabba 05-10-2013 05:36 PM

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Originally Posted by papote (Post 821060)

You said you got the works done. What was the cost? If you don't mind sharing. Also how long did it taken to get done?

Just ordered my overland and I will have to drive back for 10 hrs once is build and ready for pickup. Wondering if investing in the xpel thing or just buy a bra.

Thanks in advance.

I wouldn't get a normal bra. Any debris that gets underneath will make small scratches.

I paid $1750. It was the cheapest I could find from an installer that had plenty of experience and a replacement guarantee.

I think it's a good investment. The self-healing properties of the XPel Ultimate clinched my decision over the 3M brand.

papote 05-10-2013 05:55 PM

What was the time to get it installed?

Is it something I can drive from the dealer to a shop and get it done in an hour or so?

My problem is that I have to take an interstate for 10 hrs once I pick up the JGC for my first drive to get home. Trying to figure out a way to protect it during that first long drive.


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